See How We Approach Oral Surgery
A lot of times we get to see kids that they’re having pain around their wisdom teeth or their wisdom teeth are impacted, and so we do extract those wisdom teeth.
Where I practiced in Northern Idaho for 14 years, a lot of people didn’t want to leave to go see the oral surgeons. I took a bunch of classes and learned how to get out those tough wisdom teeth, and for 23 years now, I’ve been taking out impacted wisdom teeth, hard-to-get-at wisdom teeth. I’ve been able to help a lot of kids that were having difficulties or pain with their wisdom teeth to get those guys out.
We do have some medications that help nowadays, that help prevent the swelling. We have a steroid that we use around the lower wisdom teeth. It helps keep their faces from swelling up after they get the lower wisdom teeth out. Since I started using that a few years ago, I haven’t had near as many people call me with swollen-up cheeks. And we have some other things, some nice advances that it makes so we can get the wisdom teeth out easier and so the recovery’s a lot easier as well.